Directions: Take I-84 to Exit 44. Cross Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll). Take a left onto Highway 14 and follow it for a little over a mile. The trailhead is near Bonneville Dam on your right.
This hike starts out by climbing briefly and then it flattens out as you hike along a ridge before heading downhill again to an intersection. Go left here and continue on as the trail rollercoasters through a partially clearcut area and comes to an access road.
Cross the road and pick up the trail as you head down into a more wooded area for a while. Next, you’ll pop out into a large clearcut area and can see large powerlines ahead. As you hike through the clearcut you will head to the top of a hill and come to another access road. Cross this road and you will see Gillette Lake below. Depending on how the weather is (sunny, cloudy, etc) the lake will either be bright green or a darker green/blue. It was pretty cloudy and very windy so we were seeing the dark colors.
Follow the trail downhill and reenter the woods, take the side trail to the left where you can get right down to the lake.
Head back out the way you came in.
Distance: 5.8 miles (moderate)
Elevation: 650 feet (moderate)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Bathrooms: There are seasonal vault toilets at the trailhead.
Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass required
Popular: Yes on nice weekends